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How Committed Are You to Custody?

Just as a parent’s ability to foster a relationship between the child and the non-custodial parent is considered as a factor in custody (see our post “The Importance of Sharing”), the potential custodial parent’s own ability to maintain a stable, nurturing relationship with the child is also important. Oregon law considers a parent’s homemaking skills and enthusiasm for parenting, including…

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The Importance of Sharing: How Willingness to Maintain a Relationship Between the Child and the Other Parent Can Affect Custody

A custody decision is not solely about who might be better suited to caring for a child; a court also factors in a parent’s ability to maintain a child’s other relationships, including with his/her other parent. Oregon law encourages parents to continue sharing responsibilities and involvement in their child’s life if it is deemed to be in the child’s best…

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How Does Abuse Factor Into Custody?

While a court will not usually consider one factor, such as the child’s preference, to the exclusion of others when deciding custody in a divorce, there is a circumstance in which a single factor may be considered above all others: when one parent has committed abuse. (For a list of factors considered in determining custody, see our post: “Obtaining Custody…

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Divorce: How to Stay Out of Court

One of the most cost effective ways to get divorced is to agree to all of the terms of your divorce without ever having to step into a courtroom, or going through the difficulties of contested litigation. The lawyers at McGuire + Thompson are trained to draft the proper divorce documents for you, and will make sure everything gets submitted properly…

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